Biological Safety

Biological material is used frequently in teaching and research at NMSU.  The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is committed to supporting the use of biological material in various teaching, research, and clinical missions at NMSU.

The primary function of the IBC and the Biosafety Officer is to establish and maintain university policies concerning that various types of hazardous biological material are used in a safe and compliant manner.The Biosafety Officer also serves as the university’s compliance officer for biosafety and works to ensure that work with biological material is in compliance with the IBC policies and meets the provisions of applicable local, State and Federal regulations.  It is a joint responsibility between the Biosafety Manager, IBC and EHS&RM to provide and enforce safety guidelines for the proper handling and disposal of biological materials.

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard is an important standard that applies to work activities involving biological materials in teaching, research and skilled trades such as custodial, police and EMT Personnel. These activities are covered under the NMSU Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan. A successful biosafety program depends on the cooperation of many individuals and groups at all levels within the university.

NMSU is committed to providing a quality biosafety program that is designed to protect the health and safety of users, the university population and surrounding community as a whole. Please view the links below for specific information and training for the NMSU Biosafety Program.